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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Mizoram occupies the north east corner of India.  It is bounded on the north by the District of Cachar (Assam) and the State of Manipur, on the east and south by Chin Hills and Arakan (Myanmar), on the west by the Chittagong hill tracts of Bangladesh and the State of Tripura.


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Mizoram is a land of hills.  The hills run in ridges from north to south.  They have an average height of 900 metres, the highest point being the Blue Mountain (2165 metres.)  The most important and useful rivers are the Tlawang (or the Dhaleswari), the Sonai and the Tuivawl.  Other rivers are the Kolodine and the Kamaphuli.

About 60 per cent of the people of Mizoram are engaged in agricultural pursuits.  The state is famous for its fibreless ginger, although other cash crops like mustard, sesame and potatoes are also grown.  Mizoram leads in afforestation.  Total forest area is 15,935 sq km.  Handloom and handicraft are the major industrial activities.

Known as the land of enchanting hills, Mizoram is famous for its vast expanse of jagged mountain ranges shrouded mystically in reddish-blue haze.  Blue mountains and deep narrow valleys with swift-flowing rivers, forests with an array of flora and fauna, quaint relics of glorious past, quiet hamlets & bustling towns make Mizoram a tourist’s choice.


Just as thousands of saffron-clad Buddhist monks hit the streets of Rangoon to protest against the military junta, India's oil minister was in the Burmese capital negotiating greater involvement for Indian gas companies. (India's Foreign Policy Pragmatism , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Order covers all religions across the length and breadth of the country (Register All Marriages: Supreme Court , Hindu, J. Venkatesan, Oct 26, 2007)

The Supreme Court today gave states and Union Territories three months to make registration of marriage compulsory for all religions. (Sc: Register All Marriages , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The Supreme Court today gave three months’ final deadline to the states and Union Territories to frame laws to make the registration of marriages compulsory, as a majority of them have failed to comply with its earlier order of February 2006. . . (Sc: Register All Marriages, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

The Supreme Court on Thursday set a fresh three-month deadline for states and union territories to frame necessary rules to make registration of marriage compulsory, irrespective of religion, after most of them failed to adhere to an earlier order. ('Make Law To Log All Marriages In 90 Days', Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 26, 2007)

THE number of infants who die before they complete one year in Punjab is disturbingly high at 44 per 1,000 births. (Murder Of Infants, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Oct 25, 2007)

High-voltage talks are on this week to counter terrorism in the subcontinent, and it may just be coincidental that the move comes in the wake of explosions in Ajmer, Ludhiana and Karachi. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Oct 24, 2007)

Yet another monsoon is over and, with that, yet another test for the prediction skill of the statistical long-range forecast (LRF) model of the India Meteorological Department (IMD); this time it was a new model with a new methodology (Frontline, June 1). (Cloud Of Mystery, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Oct 24, 2007)

Backtracking from his earlier stance in support of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray on Sunday voiced his opposition to the deal and came down heavily on the UPA Government for its pro- America stance. (Now, Sena Finds Fault With N-Deal, Upa’S Us Tilt, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 22, 2007)

Information Commissioners of different states meet in New Delhi on Wednesday to assess the implementation of the Right to Information Act since it was launched two years ago. (States Want To Modify Rti Act, Tribune, A N Sudarsan Rao , Oct 17, 2007)

India needs to overtly engage the junta and cultivate contact with pro-democracy forces. (Dealing With The Yangon Junta , Deccan Herald, Bidanda M Chengappa, Oct 16, 2007)

At a recent conference of State police chiefs, the China connection to India's North-Eastern insurgency was brought out loud and clear. (China's Hand, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Oct 16, 2007)

India is close to signing an agreement with the Burmese military junta to develop the port of Sittwe, officials in Delhi have said. (India 'Close To Burma Port Deal' , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 11, 2007)

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had started working on an optical fibre project to establish telecommunication network between India’s north-east region and south-east Asia. (Project To Link North-East And South-East Asia, Hindu, Sushanta Talukdar, Oct 08, 2007)

The Indian diaspora in the US has shown interest in investing in Assam with proposals ranging from producing bio-diesel to operating small aircraft for regional connectivity, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. (Indian-Americans Keen To Invest In Assam, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 08, 2007)

Notwithstanding the call of the pro-democracy group to take a tough posture against the Military Junta in Myanmar, India today reiterated its intention to have better regional cooperation with Myanmar now embroiled in internal conflicts. (India For Better Ties With Myanmar: Pranab , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 08, 2007)

Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura go to the polls early next year, the first-named being the only state ruled by the Congress. (Up For It , Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 08, 2007)

For the first time in many years, India has joined the West in seeking release of the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi but insisted that the tone of a resolution on Myanmar by a United Nations body should have been less minatory. (India Seeks Release Of Suu Kyi, Hindu, SANDEEP DIKSHIT, Oct 05, 2007)

The Northeast was last week inadvertently thrust onto the crossroads of international diplomacy. (High Road To Prosperity, Telegraph, K.P. NAYAR , Oct 03, 2007)

In Kerala, Mizoram, Delhi and Chandigarh, with high female literacy and work participation, violence against women is also high. Gendered constraints exist even among the relatively more egalitarian tribal people. (Women Benefit More From Social Transformation , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 01, 2007)


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